Furnace maintenance basics
The importance of a furnace in the home is undeniable. That is why it is so important to do periodic maintenance to avoid breakdowns, however, for many of us this seems to be hard to remember. Since the furnace tends to be allocated in the basement in a place we usually don’t necessarily go to a lot, it tends to not be in the forefront of our minds.
Most people don’t want to disregard their furnace, it only occurs because, the furnace as we mentioned, resides in the basement and as such is easily forgotten; until it is broken down. However, there are some things you should do to avoid expensive breakdowns and Calgary furnace repairs:
Open the air vents: The main function of the furnace is to inhale cold air and exhale hot air; this process can be obstructed if the area where it is located is completely closed. Some people tend to close half the registers in their house to save money. This can lead to the furnace breaking down. Both the intake and the outflow of the blower motor must be unblocked in order to make it easier for this key component of the furnace to do its job.
Change the filter periodically: The filter prevents dirt and dust in the air to stay out of the furnace system, making the furnace function easier and keep it clean. However, if the filter is not changed regularly, the furnace will clog with dirt and debris which will restrict the airflow causing overheating and cracks in the heat exchanger, and the last thing you want to have is a crack there. A cracked heat exchanger can cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to build up in your home.
If not changing the filter is problematic enough for the furnace, imagine not using a filter at all. Unfortunately, there are some people who believe that the filter is a waste of money and let the furnace just run on its own while allowing the dust, dirt and debris to enter and accumulate in the blower which could lead to a major malfunction.
Schedule at least an annual checkup: A furnace may have many reasons to need a repair, but most of these could be avoided with an annual inspection by a professional. They will make any respective maintenances or repairs to your furnace and thus extend its life and prevent any breakdown. Small problems with the pump, drain lines, electrical connections, condenser coils, and the igniter among any others, could be detected and solved before they turn into bigger problems (see Emergency Gas Safe Engineers).
Don’t wait until Christmas to go down to your basement and check your furnace, small changes such as opening more registers and changing your filter regularly can prevent the need for furnace repair. Don’t stop investing money in the annual maintenance of your furnace either, as you will be investing in giving your family a warm home.